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Miguel’s Dilemma – How Icla Restored Hope

Miguel began to lose hope when his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. The Icla da Silva Foundation offered to help his family through our Icla Cares program. Watch Miguel share his heartfelt perspective in the video below.

Miguel’s Dilemma

We were first introduced to Miguel and his family through a social worker. His 5-year-old daughter Marieangel had just been diagnosed with leukemia. Like most parents of a child diagnosed with blood cancer, Miguel was lost and confused.

He didn’t know what to do.

We sat down with Miguel to answer all of his questions and explain the process. We reviewed the next steps in plain language. We let him know what to expect and how we could help.

Marieangle received months of chemo treatment and her leukemia went into remission.

Unfortunately, during Covid-19, her leukemia relapsed. At the same time, Miguel lost his construction job.

What is a hardworking family supposed to do? How will they continue to pay the bills while their young daughter is in treatment and waiting for a bone marrow transplant?

How Icla Restored Hope

Miguel began to lose hope. He had nowhere else to turn. The Icla da Silva Foundation offered to help his family. We assured him that we would be there for support throughout his daughter’s treatment.

While financial assistance removes the constant stress of how to pay the bills, providing information and support to Miguel was more important to him. We gave him knowledge and helped him understand. By providing emotional support, he felt more encouraged. He knew that we were here for him, and he recognized the valuable role he played in his daughter’s treatment.

As a result, he regained hope. Miguel rejoined the fight for his daughter’s survival.

Watch this short video – Listen to Miguel share his heartfelt story.

Miguel explains his change in perspective after learning about his daughter’s leukemia.







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You can help us assist more patient families like Miguel. With your financial donation, we provide emotional, logistical, and financial support to patients suffering from blood cancers and sickle cell disease. These needs are critical.

Please consider making a financial gift and supporting our lifesaving mission.


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Do You Remember Mya?

Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to help Mya and her family during a very difficult time.

Eight-year-old Ne’Mya spent so much time in the hospital during treatment for T-cell leukemia that her mother Nekisha couldn’t work. Nekisha had to be with her daughter. She had to be there for blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and spinal treatments.

Of course, this led to financial challenges. Paying the utilities was difficult. Just filling up the car with gas was a struggle.

The Icla da Silva Foundation was able to support Mya and her family both emotionally and financially.


We were able to do this because of you.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for helping us provide a small grant so Mya’s family could focus on her treatment.

Please consider helping us support more patients like Mya.

Help us save more lives.

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Do You Remember Alfredo?

Even though a donor hasn’t been found, Alfredo is still smiling.

He is the little boy from Chicago with a rare blood disorder. We have been helping him search for a matching blood stem cell donor.

He has been searching the registry for 5 years.

We recently ran a Facebook campaign about Alfredo and many people expressed an interest in helping.

Almost 200 people signed up online to become potential donors.

Although he still hasn’t found a matching donor, Alfredo seems to be doing OK. He was excited to go back to school, he started the 4th grade in September.

Would you be interested in helping us support more patients like Alfredo? Even the smallest donation will help blood cancer patients during their search and treatment.

Your gift gives patients and their families more hope for a positive outcome. It allows them to focus on treatment rather than bills.

Please support the Icla da Silva Foundation and our mission to save more lives.



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A Life-Saving Journey from the Dominican Republic

It required a coordinated effort of logistics, financial assistance, and of course emotional support to create this life-saving journey.

You may remember a young patient we worked with named Victor Garcia. At the age of 9, Victor was diagnosed with acute biphenotypic leukemia (BAL), a rare form of leukemia. He was being treated at a hospital in his home country of the Dominican Republic. His doctor determined that the only cure for Victor was a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor. 

But there was no matching donor on the registry.

Since siblings represent the best chance for a match, the Icla da Silva Foundation was able to fund HLA testing for his 7-tear-old sister Neyyleyn. 

We were happy to find out that Neyyleyn was a 100% match for her brother Victor. But unfortunately, the local hospital did not have the resources to perform the transplant.

Emotional, Logistical, and Financial Support

The Icla da Silva Foundation went into overdrive. We supported Victors’ family and helped coordinate his transplant under a clinical trial at Yale New Haven Teaching Hospital in Connecticut. Our team worked the logistics between the family, the doctors, and the consulates from both countries, assuring that Victor would be able to receive a life-saving transplant.

Thanks to financial support from donors like you, we were also able to fund transportation for the Garcia’s to the United States, while the Ronald McDonald House graciously provided housing.

It took many steps and multiple partners, but a little boy’s life was saved. The Icla da Silva Foundation is both proud and happy to have played a critical role.

Victor is doing well, he is back home in the Dominican Republic; going to school and playing baseball.

You can help us create more life-saving stories like Victors. Please consider a financial contribution to our Icla Cares program.

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Asaya’s Birthday Success Story

After 9 years, Asaya finally received his bone marrow transplant – three days before his 10th birthday!

You may remember Asaya Bullock from earlier stories on our website and social media pages. Asaya suffered from a rare disease called IPEX Syndrome. IPEX is a rare, life-threatening, autoimmune disorder, which caused Asaya to suffer from severe stomach issues, migraines, body aches, rashes, and joint pain for most of his young life.

His only cure was a matching bone marrow donor.

We have been working with Asaya since 2015, recruiting potential marrow donors and providing urgent needs assistance for his family. This video shows 4-year-old Asaya when we first began his search.

There Was No Matching Donor

While thousands of donors were added to the national registry in Asaya’s name, a matching donor was never found.

As Asaya got older, his illness became worse. His health was deteriorating. He was in and out of the hospital multiple times in recent months.

After his original diagnosis, the doctors didn’t believe he would survive past the age of two. He was already living on borrowed time.

Can you imagine the pain and perseverance that his parents have lived with…

“You don’t ever sleep because you know at any point in time your baby could lie down next to you and he doesn’t wake up” – Charlene Bullock

“He doesn’t give up. I don’t give up. We don’t give up” – Vincent Bullock

A Rare Success

The medical team agreed to the family’s request for a ‘haplo’ transplant. A haploidentical transplant uses healthy, blood-forming cells from a half-matched donor. The donor is usually a parent – since each parent represents about half of your genetic make-up.

They are not always successful.

On July 27, 2021, Asaya received a half-matched transplant from his dad.

The transplant was successful.




Three days after his transplant, on July 30th, Asaya celebrated his 10th birthday!





Asaya seems to be doing fine. His body successfully accepted 99.4% of the cells. His doctor says this was rare.

So far, there are no complications and he is eating and drinking on his own, which is a terrific sign.

Next Steps

Fortunately, there was room at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC. Asaya will have to stay for 120 days, remaining close to his hospital while they continue to check his progress.

We wish Asaya a long, healthy, pain-free life…with many, many more birthdays to celebrate!

Help us support more patients like Asaya by considering a donation

Written by: Bret Itskowitch

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Pennsylvania Teen Raises Awareness in Honor of Her Father’s Fight with Leukemia

Rick Frazee with his daughter Julee

By Andres David Lopez

Rick Frazee is known for using different vehicles in his trucking company fleet to plow snow for his neighbors in Addison, Pa. This year, his fight with acute myeloid leukemia and two bouts of pneumonia have sidelined him.

“He would be up all day and night plowing,” said Julee, his daughter. “He would plow out the fire department, the little grocery store we have out here, the gas station … that’s been really hard on him right now, not being able to help everybody out.”

While helping to care for her father, Julee, 19, is also advocating for other families fighting blood cancers and blood illnesses. She volunteers as a digital ambassador with Be The Match and the Icla da Silva Foundation, two nonprofit organizations that help facilitate blood stem cell transplants.

A student at West Virginia University studying exercise physiology, Julee has raised awareness of the need for potential blood stem cell donors. So far, she has inspired 35 people to sign up. “Her efforts have made her a top advocate for Be The Match”, said Vanessa Ibarra, a community engagement specialist with the Icla da Silva Foundation.

“Introducing people to the importance of signing up as blood stem cell donors to help patients fighting blood cancers is difficult,” Ibarra said. “But Julee has been successful because she speaks from the heart about her father’s journey with leukemia. She talks about how Be The Match has given her family hope that he will beat it.”

Rick Frazee, 57, spent this summer in the hospital — at one point, he was isolated for 65 days away from his family — while undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia and treatment for pneumonia.

He is back home now. His wife and children help care for him while his doctors plan and prepare him for a lifesaving stem cell transplant.

After testing, doctors found that nobody in his family could serve as his donor. Thankfully, they found three perfect matches for him on the Be The Match Registry.

A blood stem cell transplant is the preferred course of treatment for many patients who are fighting blood cancers. Be The Match has helped facilitate more than 100,000 unrelated donor transplants since 1987. “The Icla da Silva Foundation is the largest recruitment center for Be The Match and specializes in fighting racial disparities in blood stem cell transplants”, says Ibarra.

More than 22 million Americans have registered with Be The Match as potential donors, but a match is not guaranteed for patients. Every year, thousands of patients across the country who need a transplant, lack a matching donor. That’s why constantly signing up new people between 18-40 as potential donors is so important.

Blood cancer patients of Caucasian descent only have a 77% chance of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry. But Rick Frazee’s doctors have three perfect donor matches to choose from for his transplant.

“The doctors said they had never seen this many perfect matches this quickly,” Julee said. “And that was because of the Be The Match Registry.”

“Following in his footsteps”

Rick Frazee launched his trucking business in 1997 with one truck. Eventually, R.W. Frazee Trucking and Excavating grew to running 12 trucks as part of its fleet.

“For a small business in a small town that is pretty great,” Julee said. “We had excavating on the side. We had a wood processor. We were selling tons and tons of firewood. So, he’s a very smart businessman. He never went to college. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and he made his dreamwork for his family.”

The company has been downsizing since 2019 when Rick Frazee’s doctors told him he was in danger of developing leukemia.

Julee credits her mother for her strength in holding the family and company together.

“She is the one getting up at 5 a.m. every day, driving to the hospital and then the cancer clinic,” Julee said. “She is also staying up late doing the payroll, and invoices, and doing what she has to for the business…just trying to keep the family together. She is unbreakable.”

While Rick is currently fighting pneumonia, his wife Jamie is also responsible for making sure he receives his antibiotics, a process that can take as long as five hours.

“He has to get bags of saline,” Julee said, “bags of antibiotics, different kinds of flushes. And I’ve learned how to do all that, but my mom is still his main caregiver.”

“Fortunately, the family has felt love and support from their community”, Julee said. At a spaghetti dinner hosted to benefit her father, Julee spoke with many people who had received acts of kindness from him throughout the years. They wanted to know how they could give back.

“Owning a business, we’ve been very blessed over the years and he always wanted to help other people,” Julee said. “A large part of why I’m so passionate about health care and helping people is just from following in his footsteps.”

In May, Julee learned of the need for people to advocate for Be The Match. By sharing her family’s story, she hopes to inspire people to sign up as potential donors. She now has an answer for people who ask how they could help her father.

“You can support my family by signing up for Be The Match,” she says. “It’s free. It takes five minutes. And it’s easy.”

Through social media, Julee has reached thousands of people with her message and she has walked dozens through the process of signing up.

In November, doctors explained to the family that Rick Frazee was no longer responding to chemotherapy. This complicates his receiving the blood stem cell transplant that he needs. He is now receiving antibody therapy to continue fighting his cancer. And because his body is not producing enough blood or platelets, he travels three times a week to Uniontown Hospital for transfusions.

“That’s why he is so tired,” Julee said. “The cancer and the disease is so prominent in his body and his blood.”

Her father is dependent on weekly transfusions. This further underscores the importance for people to donate blood and platelets.

“I just never thought about how crucial it was,” Julee said. “It’s very needed for sure and I know because of COVID the American Red Cross is unable to reach out to people and is hurting for supplies.”

Julee’s goal in advocating for the Be The Match Registry is for at least 50 people to sign up as potential blood stem cell donors in honor of her father’s fight with leukemia.

“It has been over a year fighting this,” she said. “I just knew I wanted to get as many people on the registry as I could.”

To support Rick Frazee and his family in their campaign to add potential lifesaving donors to the Be The Match Registry, visit join.bethematch.org/fightforfrazee or text “FightForFrazee” (all one word) to 61474. Follow the link to register as a potential donor.

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After completing a swab kit, you will be added to the Be The Match Registry. Your odds of getting asked to donate blood stem cells are low, which is why Julee is working so hard to keep adding more potential donors to the registry.

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Heartache and Hope – 3 Transplants in 3 Months

Julian Continues His Journey: The Search for a Life-Saving Donor

Julian Morales is a 9-year-old warrior.

He has suffered from a rare genetic disorder called Dyskeratosis Congenita (DKC) since the age of 3.

His bone marrow doesn’t work properly. Julian’s body doesn’t produce enough stem cells and as a result, his immune system is severely compromised. It also causes painful, sometimes bleeding ulcers in his mouth, which obviously affect his ability to eat…and speak.

Finding a Cure

The only cure to Julian’s life-threatening disease is a blood stem cell transplant.

In order to make that happen, his family needs to find a donor. A healthy, matching donor.

Doctors search the Be the Match registry to find donors. It’s a national registration of volunteers, each of whom has signed up to save a life by donating stem cells if they match a patient in need.

The best chance for a successful transplant is to find a donor who matches the ethnic background of the patient. There are over 20 million potential donors included on the registry.

But there are challenges when searching a donor match for each specific patient, especially if those patients are ethnically diverse.

Challenge #1

Because Julian is a mix of Mexican and Nicaraguan descent, the chance of finding a matching donor was very limited. Only 7% of potential donors on the registry identify as Hispanic or Latino. There simply aren’t enough people of Hispanic origin included on the registry.

Finding someone who is Mexican and Nicaraguan is even less likely.

His parents became aware of this challenge very quickly.

A Simple Assumption

When you visit the doctor or go to the hospital with a disease, you assume they will be able to help you. There are expectations that a medicine will be prescribed or surgery will be performed in order to make you better. You assume they will be able to cure you.

You never expect that the life or death of your child will rely on searching for and finding a volunteer donor. You never consider that you must find someone who matches your ethnicity and is willing to donate their stem cells, so your son may survive.

The Goal

There was no match for Julian on the registry.

So his parents worked with us day and night to search for a matching donor. We held recruitment drives together at universities, churches, and street fairs. His parents spoke with newspapers and television stations. They met with anyone who would listen in order to spread the word.

New Facebook and Instagram pages were started. YouTube channels were produced. All to increase awareness and add more potential donors to the registry. They had to tell his story…over and over again.

We were searching for his cure.

Challenge #2

The second challenge is not just finding a donor who matches but finding one who will say ‘yes’ when called to donate.

In 4 years, the Icla da Silva Foundation worked with Julian’s parents to hold hundreds of recruitment drives. We added thousands of new donors to the registry on behalf of Julian.

In the 4th year, two matching donors were finally identified.


Unfortunately, they both said no when asked to transplant their cells. One after the other. They each said no.

Can you imagine the heartache? To work so hard, to come so close to saving the life of your little boy, only to be turned down?

So we continued the search, hoping to find that one match who would agree to a transplant.


Becoming a stem cell donor does require a commitment, but it is not unsafe or painful. 79% of donations are done through a non-surgical process called PBSC. The process is similar to giving plasma. The donor receives a shot of a drug called filgrastim every day for 5 days. This increases marrow production in the body. On the day of your donation, you visit a hospital or clinic for the PBSC procedure. They take blood from your arm, separate the stem cells, and return the blood to your body through the other arm. It usually takes about 4 hours.

In the amount of time between breakfast and lunch, while sitting in a clinic and watching TV, or talking on the phone and having a snack, you may save the life of another person.

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A Match Was Found

Finally, a matching donor was found, followed by much joy and relief. Julian and his family were grateful and happy to travel to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to prepare for the transplant.

His little body had already been through so much, but it was only just the beginning.


So much testing, prepping, prodding, and chemo in the days leading up to his transplant. This was in July, so the testing included repeated COVID testing. Then finally infusion, and waiting for the cells to engraft…all during a global pandemic, while protests and social unrest happened throughout the country.

His parents published a video diary of those first few days which is highlighted here.

But the transplant wasn’t successful. Julian’s body fought the new cells.

2nd Transplant

The doctors recommended a haploidentical (haplo) transplant. A haplo is a half-matched stem cell transplant from a family member. A biological parent or child is always a half match to the other, based on genetics.

Since haplo matches aren’t 100% compatible, it comes with more risk.

They tested and chose Daddy as the best candidate.

Unfortunately, once again, Julian’s immune system fought off his daddy’s new cells.

3rd Transplant

Refusing to give up, the small warrior and his parents agreed to try another transplant.  More testing, more chemo, a third month in the hospital…and a third transplant, this time from Mommy.

For the third time in a row, the transplant didn’t work. Julian’s body fought off the cells.

Now What?

We begin again. Three transplants in three months and we will start the process all over again. We will continue to fight to save Julian’s life! We will continue the search for a compatible life-saving donor.

Small Goals

The warrior is waiting. His warrior parents are waiting. Waiting and worried, but they carry on. They’ve been fighting this battle for more than 6 years. Until then, the family takes it one day at a time.

Julian’s most recent goal was to eliminate some of the many lines that attach his body to machines. Most recently, his TPN line (the feeding line that bypasses the gastrointestinal tract) and his PCA line (the line that helps him control his pain) were removed.

His goal is to prepare for Halloween. He wants to be able to wear a costume.

But he won’t tell anyone what he will be…it’s a surprise…and we can’t wait to see him smiling in it!

We wish you a happy Halloween Julian. We’re here for you. Keep smiling.

Become a potential blood stem cell donor. Include yourself on the national registry. Do it for Julian.

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written by: Bret Itskowitch

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A Little Girl From Miami is Saved by a Stranger from New York

Watch an 8-Year-Old Girl with a Life-Threatening Disease Meet Her Life-Saving Bone Marrow Donor

It was a once in a lifetime meeting…and it happened on stage, in front of a crowd of 300 tearful witnesses at the Icla da Silva Foundations annual Hope Gala.

The Gala is an end-of-year fundraiser, celebrating achievements and thanking supporters. You can read about it here.

The highlight of that evening was the face-to-face, first time meeting between a patient and their life-saving bone marrow donor.

The Patient – Giliani Lacayo

8-year-old Giliani Lacayo was the patient. She was brought to the stage by her mom Diomaris. Giliani was diagnosed with Kostman’s syndrome, a rare disorder of the bone marrow. Children born with this condition lack the white blood cells that are important in fighting infection.

The doctors told Giliani’s mom that her only cure was a matching bone marrow transplant.

In February of 2015, at the age of 4, Giliani received a cord blood transplant. But unfortunately, one month later, the family was told that the transplant did not take.

As you might expect, Giliani’s mom was upset. She was fearful and very concerned. They had gone through this devastating process…months of hospitalization, four times with pneumonia, intense antibiotic treatments, daily injections of white blood cell boosters…and in the end, they had gotten nowhere.

Her 4-year-old little girl was not yet saved.

The doctors began the search for a matching bone marrow donor on the national registry. There are more than 20 million potential donors listed on the registry, but it’s all about the match. When a patient and donor share the same ethnicity, when they match, the chance for a successful transplant is much higher.

The search for a donor is more difficult for patients like Giliani, who are ethnically diverse. While White patients have a 77% chance of finding a matching donor, the chance of finding one for a Latino patient is only 46%; it’s even lower for African American patients.

Fortunately for Giliani, and despite her Hispanic origin, a match was found. Her name was Marta Sanchez, and she said yes when she received the call, asking her to donate her bone marrow.

The Donor – Marta Sanchez

Marta remembers joining the registry at a drive run by the Icla da Silva Foundation. It was at the Dominican Embassy in NYC. She insists that joining the registry was no big deal. When she learned that she may be the cure for someone like her, she was happy to add her name and information.

Seven years later, she received a call that she was a match for a patient.

Two days before Christmas, in 2015, Marta went to the hospital and donated her bone marrow.

At the time, she was going through some very difficult personal challenges. She had also received a lot of negative reactions from friends who declared it was dangerous and painful.

Marta insists that it was not dangerous or painful. She knew in her heart that it was something she had to do. Someone was counting on her.

Despite all that she was going through, even though she was concerned about not having enough to gift her beautiful daughters on Christmas, she knew that giving the gift of life to a complete stranger would be a blessing from God.

On Christmas Eve in 2015, little Giliani Lucayo received her life-saving bone marrow transplant from Marta Sanchez.

The Meeting

To watch Giliani’s mother express her gratitude for Marta’s selfless act was heart-wrenching. They embraced on stage for the longest time and it was a beautiful thing to witness.

We were fortunate to watch the story unfold on stage.

A young girl suffering from a rare disease. A mother struggling to understand what will happen next. And a selfless woman, navigating her own challenges, who took the steps to unanimously give life to an unknown person.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. You can watch them meet in the short video below. At 2:55 little Giliani thanks Marta for saving her life.

You Can Play A Role

Giliani’s mom Diomaris, gave us her reaction to Marta’s life-saving bone marrow donation for her little girl, “There are no words for what she did. I’m thankful for her every day. I pray for her and her family every day. My whole life I will be thankful for her, she is part of our lives, she is part of our family. “

You could save another person’s life. You may be able to give joy to an entire family by donating your stem cells or bone marrow to a patient who doesn’t have a match in their family. Please add yourself to the Be The Match registry by clicking the link below. You will receive a swab kit in the mail. As soon as you return the kit, your name will be included in searches for matching donors.

Be like Marta. Do it for patients like Giliani.

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Written by Bret Itskowitch

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Icla da Silva MatchMaker 5K in NYC – Join Us on May 18th

Registration is open for the Icla da Silva MatchMaker 5K in NYC.

This is our 9th annual 5K Run/Walk in NYC. It will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

All proceeds help us add more potential life-savers to the #BeTheMatch bone marrow registry. Donations also enable us to assist more patients in their battle against life-threatening diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell.

This year, the run will take place in the beautiful 
Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Northern part of Queens. The park has been home to two World’s Fairs and now the Icla da Silva MatchMaker 5k.

In the spirit of helping diverse communities in their fight with various blood cancers, register today and run or walk “around the globe” with us.

You can run by yourself, but you will never be alone.

The Icla da Silva Foundation has been recruiting bone marrow donors and supporting patients in need for 27 years.

Join a team, or start your own. Help us raise funds and have fun doing it.

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Early Bird registration is only $25, but it ends on March 18, so register today!

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Nada es Imposible

Miguel está celebrando el aniversario de su trasplante de médula ósea … Está celebrando la vida. Él insiste en que “nada es imposible”.

Miguel Oriol Torres López, es de Barranquitas, un pequeño municipio de montaña en el centro de Puerto Rico. Es un ávido ciclista de montaña y se acerca a los 10 años como sobreviviente de trasplante de médula ósea.

Insiste en que su experiencia y su trasplante lo hicieron más fuerte.

Su Médula ósea Dejó de Funcionar

Era el 2007, mientras estudiaba en la Universidad Politécnica en San Juan, cuando Miguel fue diagnosticado y hospitalizado con anemia aplásica. La anemia aplásica es una condición rara y grave. La médula ósea deja de producir suficientes células sanguíneas, lo que deja al paciente cansado y en riesgo de infecciones potencialmente mortales. Afecta la producción de glóbulos rojos y glóbulos blancos, y a las plaquetas.

Durante el año siguiente, Miguel recibió tres tratamientos diferentes con la esperanza de estimular su médula ósea en el Hospital Auxilio Mutu en San Juan. También recibió transfusiones semanales de sangre y plaquetas. En septiembre del 2008, estaba combatiendo una infección severa cuando un doctor le dijo a su familia que era posible que no sobreviviría. Su hematólogo, Dr. José A. Lozada lo trasladado por aire a Houston, TX, al MD Anderson Cancer Center, donde estabilizaron su condición y comenzó el proceso para un trasplante de médula ósea.

Un Trasplante Exitoso de Médula ósea

A pesar de la gravedad de su situación, resulta que Miguel fue muy afortunado. En unos pocos meses, su condición se estabilizó y sucedieron las siguientes cuatro “imposibilidades”:

  1. Se identificó un donante compatible. (Los pacientes hispanos y latinos solo tienen un 46% de probabilidades de encontrar un donante compatible en el Registro).
  2. El donante dijo que sí a una donación de médula ósea. (Solo el 37% de los donantes hispanos / latinos dicen sí cuando reciben la llamada).
  3. Miguel recibió un trasplante de médula ósea para salvarle la vida el 4 de noviembre de 2008.
  4. 100 días después, su nueva médula ósea comenzó a producir células sanguíneas.

Las probabilidades estaban en contra de Miguel, pero él las venció. Regreso a su ciudad natal en Puerto Rico. Continuó viajando al MD Anderson Cancer Center para chequeos. Después de 2 años en el hospital y con todos los medicamentos y tratamientos de quimioterapia, su cuerpo estaba débil. A través de un amigo, que era un entrenador de spinning, Miguel comenzó a tomar clases de spinning para recuperar las fuerzas. Su amigo también lo presentó a las carreras de bicicleta de montaña.

Después de su Trasplante

Las carreras de bicicletas eran nuevas para Miguel. Le dio algo que había estado perdiendo después de todo ese tiempo en el hospital: movimiento, libertad y entorno natural. En muy poco tiempo, comenzó a entrenar y conoció a muchos nuevos amigos. También empezó a participar en carreras de bicicleta de montaña de larga distancia. Sus finales de carrera fueron bastante impresionantes:

Regresó a la Universidad Politécnica y terminó su carrera de ingeniería eléctrica. Trabaja medio tiempo como ingeniero eléctrico y también trabaja tiempo completo en la farmacia de su padre.

Miguel dice que su trasplante lo hizo más fuerte que antes, tanto mental como físicamente. Él está muy agradecido.

Ayudando a Otros

A medida que Miguel se aproxima al décimo aniversario de su trasplante de médula ósea, quiere involucrarse más en la creación de conocimiento sobre cómo unirte al registro Be The Match. Al contar su historia, quiere motivar a personas que se unan la registro y animar a los pacientes que necesitan un trasplante de médula ósea a que nunca pierdan la esperanza. Un trasplante de médula ósea le salvó la vida. Él insiste en que lo hizo más fuerte que antes, tanto física como mentalmente. “Podemos volver a la normalidad después de un trasplante … puede fortalecernos”.

“Nada es Imposible”

Puedes unirte al registro en apoyo de Miguel haciendo clic en este enlace:


También puedes ayudar a aumentar el conocimiento sobre la importancia sobre unión al registro. Miguel fue muy afortunado. No todos los pacientes logran encontrar un donante compatible. Simplemente no hay suficientes personas registradas para ser donantes potenciales. Puedes cambiar eso uniéndote al registro y difundiendo la palabra. Tú, tus amigos y tus familiares pueden convertirse en salvavidas … nada es imposible.

Para aquellos que no están listos o no pueden unirse al registro, Miguel te recuerda que una pequeña donación ayuda a nuestros esfuerzos para agregar donantes más étnicamente diversos al Registro Be the Match. La Fundación Icla da Silva se concentra especialmente en proporcionar resultados equitativos para los pacientes durante el trasplante, y eso no puede suceder hasta que exista más diversidad en el Registro. Dona en honor de Miguel a:


Por favor ayúdanos a compartir la historia de Miguel. Nada es imposible; como Miguel, creemos que más personas se unirán al registro y pacientes que sufren ganarán más esperanza.


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